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“When food is authentically local, it should show on the label where it has been produced, explains eco-blogger Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff of MommyGreenest.com.” -Food Network

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Why I Hate Earth Day

woman holds up two fingersIn the next 24 hours, I’ll publish two blog posts, participate in three Twitter parties, see several interviews on other people’s blogs hit the web, and appear on KTLA News. (Thanks Stephanie Tsai at Ink & Press PR!) For the past three weeks, I’ve sent info to reporters scrambling for Earth Day related stories, and fielded pitches from publicists who either don’t know—or don’t care—that vegan is a completely different ball game from eco-friendly. (For more on that, check out my What is Green page.) And I’m quickly coming to realize one thing: I hate Earth Day. [Read more...]

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Free Softcup Sample

Softcup boxWhen I wrote about Softcup’s menstrual cup last year, I had NO idea the amazing response the post would get. More than 200 of you entered to win a year’s supply of reusable cups, and we had a full-on debate going on in the comments section. What’s the consensus? With 12-hour protection that’s totally undetectable, the Softcup menstrual cup is a win! So when the company asked if I’d like to give away some free disposable Softcup samples to my readers, I jumped at the chance. Now through May 21, 2014 Click here to get your free disposable Softcup sample. Supplies are limited: Get one today so you can try it the next time Aunt Flo comes knocking. It’s a game-changer! [Read more...]

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4 Steps to Take Before Fumigation

bug being sprayed with poison against a white backgroundChances are, at least one house in your ‘hood is being treated for termites right now. And despite the festive clown-and-circus themed tent, the chemicals that go into the fumigation process simply aren’t funny.

Fumigation used to include chlorpyrifos, which can cause neurological damage and was phased out from fumigation beginning in 2010, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (That didn’t stop farmers from continuing to apply 10 million pounds of the stuff annually to our crops, especially corn. But I digress.) What other toxic chemicals are part of the fumigation process? [Read more...]

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Mommy Greenest Approved: Fair Trade Alaffia Africa’s Secret

orange label two skin cream bottles against white backgroundI’ve been a huge Alaffia fan for years, ever since I discovered their Everyday Shea Moisturizing Shampoo made with certified fair trade shea butter. After using it for a few months, even my hairdresser commented on how much thicker my hair felt and looked. Since I have hated my fine, limp hair since I could pick up a curling iron—and watch as the curls fell out after 15 minutes—this was enough to sell me on the shampoo for life.

I am also a total vanilla junkie—check out my DIY perfume experience as evidence—and became totally hooked on Alaffia’s super light yet totally moisturizing fair trade Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion after smelling the warm vanilla scent in the Whole Foods Whole Body aisle. At $14 for a gigantic bottle of one—or $23.50 for both—Everyday Shea is not only a great line of products, it’s a great deal.

And recently, I discovered Alaffia Africa’s Secret Unscented Multipurpose Skin Cream, the amazing fair trade moisturizing and skin repairing cream that started it all—and is now my new miracle night cream. Want to try? I’ve got 12 jars to give away, plus 25% off! [Read more...]

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Easy DIY Natural Easter Basket

purple, pink, blue and yellow dyed easter basket eggsAre your Easter bunny plans in order? Try these tips to create a more natural Easter Basket this year that’s healthier for kids. Many egg dyes contain chemicals that aren’t safe for kids— including food dyes linked to ADHD and hyperactivity. But in minutes you can make dyes from frozen fruits and veggies that are already in your freezer. Then fill your upcycled Easter basket with truly natural chocolates, and deliver a healthier surprise this holiday. [Read more...]

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Mommy Greenest Exclusive: Jen Boulden

pretty blonde woman in green dress laughingJen Boulden looks amazing. Glowing and perfectly tressed, you would never guess that this new mom is managing on just five hours of sleep. But as in most things, she surpasses expectations. After completing a “Green MBA” from George Washington University, Jen went on to co-found Ideal Bite in 2005, becoming the go-to girl for an emerging green movement that landed her regular gigs on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show” and “The View,” among others. We met a few years later, after she’d sold the company and its more than 500,000 subscribers to Disney for a reported $20 million. Yes, I was jealous. But even in the middle of that maelstrom, Jen was generous with her advice and was one of the first to encourage the development of Mommy Greenest. Jen and I connected recently to talk about her new family and new media concept, JenBTV.com, devoted to—what else?—making green living easier. [Read more...]

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Are Our Kids Canaries in the Coal Mine?

I’ve been doing a lot more speaking lately, most recently at an early childhood group in Los Angeles. And I’ve also created a video—the Mommy Greenest Manifesto—that shares some of these concepts, as well. But I thought you might want to click through the information that I share in my talk. There’s a lot more to learn, but from this slideshow you can get the gist of it: Just like the metaphoric canaries in a coal mine, our kids are getting sick from chemicals in our environment. But there are few things you can do today to make our world a little bit safer for children. What do you think? Are these changes you’ve made—or plan to? I’d love to read your comments and hear your perspective. Thank you!

 

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Mommy Greenest Approved: Miessence Balancing Skin Conditioner

jar filled with brown liquid against white backgroundSpring is officially here, and with it the realization that my skin needs to come out of hibernation. It’s dry in some places, oily in others, and I seem to have acquired more wrinkles during the headlong dive into hysteria that is the holiday season. Luckily, I just discovered a miracle in the form of Miessence Balancing Skin Conditioner. Kind of a toner, sort of a serum, this lightweight gel delivers amazing hydration without any oil or cream. My face feels softer, my fine lines are smoother, and my skin just looks brighter when I’m using it. Love!

How does it work? Like all their products, the Miessence Balancing Skin Conditioner is USDA Certified Organic (as well as certified in Australia and Europe). It’s loaded with aloe vera, calendula and marshmallow, as well as extracts of chamomile and bitter orange, plus a dollop of lavender essential oil. The directions say to use it under moisturizer, but I found it just as effective on its own. (If you’ve been reading MG for a while, you know how reluctant I am to add oil!) [Read more...]

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